At long last, I finally have our kitchen renovation reveal ready to share with you! You can see the before photos of this space as well as progress updates throughout the renovation here, here, here, and here. We are so proud of how this project turned out and thoroughly enjoying the end result. I can’t wait to walk you through every little detail! And I hope that if you’re tackling your own kitchen remodel, you’ll find some tips to help you love your kitchen as well!


design darling kitchen with ralph lauren windsor large hanging shade and serena & lily riviera counter stools

ralph lauren windsor large hanging shades in polished nickel in design darling kitchen

ralph lauren windsor large hanging shades above design darling kitchen island

design darling kitchen island with ralph lauren windsor large hanging shade

LAYOUT: We worked with an architect and our builder to draw up plans to reorient the kitchen 90 degrees, putting the appliances along the wall where the powder room had been, turning the previous kitchen area into a breakfast nook with a picture window, and moving the powder room into a hallway next to the back door where a utility closet had been. This gave us the space for a wall of cabinetry that includes our double oven, stovetop, and fridge as well as a nearly ten foot island that houses our dishwasher, sink, and trash cans. The space between the back wall and the island is close to four feet so there’s plenty of room for one person to be unloading the dishwasher, another to have the fridge open, etc. It’s a much more efficient use of the space and it turned out even better than I could imagine!

LIGHTING: I delayed ordering pendants for above our kitchen island until the last possible moment. It just felt like such a huge decision and I really wanted to save up for something that we would love forever. We landed on these Ralph Lauren hanging shades and I love the octagonal ceiling plate, the chain canopy, and the oversized pleated shades. They are for sure the pièce de résistance in this kitchen and for me they were worth every penny! We went with the larger of the two sizes to make sure the scale felt right with our ten foot ceilings, but they also come in a medium size here.

COUNTER STOOLS: We’ve had these Serena & Lily Riviera counter stools since we moved to Dallas in 2016 and they truly look as good as the day we got them. I love their classic appeal and how easy they are to clean!

design darling kitchen bosch stovetop

design darling kitchen bosch stovetop and emtek hardware

design darling kitchen bosch fridge

APPLIANCES: We went with Bosch appliances for everything and I’ll link our double oven, cooktop, fridge, and dishwasher here. We are by no means gourmet chefs so we were happy to find a mid-range appliance option that looked sleek and pretty without breaking the bank.

CABINETRY: Our builder ordered our cabinetry from a brand called KitchenCraft and topped them with crown moulding on site. The style is the Lexington 5 piece cabinet door in maple wood in the whitecap finish. Both the hood over our cooktop and the bench in our breakfast nook were built on site then outfitted with doors from the same cabinet line to pull everything together. We did a mix of cabinet doors (like the upper cabinets for bowls, plates, glassware, etc.) and drawers (for pots and pans, baby items, etc.).

kohler whitehaven under-mount farmhouse sink in design darling kitchen

kohler whitehaven under-mount farmhouse sink and artifacts pull-down kitchen sink faucet in design darling kitchen

kohler artifacts pull-down kitchen sink faucet

FARMHOUSE SINK: One of the details Will and I were both most excited about was finding the perfect farmhouse sink. It’s just one of those things I always dreamt about having and Will got on board very quickly. This Kohler sink is a dream come true and I can’t wait to bathe our babies in it for many years to come! We use these sink racks and this cleaner to protect the finish and it still looks as good as new.

FAUCET: Because our sink is on the island in the middle of our kitchen (and combined family room), I knew I needed to find a faucet that was equally parts practical and pretty. This one in the vibrant polished nickel finish is gorgeously oversized, in keeping with the style of our home, and just looks like a piece of fine jewelry in the center of the space.

enigma quartz counters in giza with serena & lily riviera stools

serena & lily atelier tray on enigma quartz counters in giza

enigma quartz countertop in giza with emtek cup bin pull in bright nickel

COUNTERTOPS: We decided on Enigma quartz countertops in the color Giza. I love the look of marble counters but couldn’t commit to the maintenance and we’ve been really happy with the durability of these! If you’re local, we ordered through Everest Marble in Norwalk. Ours are a standard thickness on the back wall and a double thickness with mitered edge on the island. The tile backsplash is a classic white subway tile in size 3″ x 6″.

HARDWARE: All our kitchen hardware is Emtek polished nickel ordered on Wayfair. These are our 3″ bin pulls (used on all drawers), our 1.25″ knobs (used on all doors), and our latch (used on the cabinet beneath the sink).

ACCESSORIES: Linking our cutting boardlazy susan, fruit bowl, and soap dish here!

oomph hobe sound lantern in hinting blue

oomph hobe sound lantern in hinting blue design darling breakfast nook

oomph hobe sound lantern in hinting blue with cb2 tayabas cane dining chairs in design darling breakfast nook

design darling breakfast nook throw pillows

oomph hobe sound lantern in hinting blue on design darling

BREAKFAST NOOK LIGHTING: I wanted a light fixture over the table in our breakfast nook that could hold its own next to the pendants over our beautiful kitchen island and this Oomph Hobe Sound lantern is nothing short of exquisite. The hinting blue color is a little more robin’s egg blue in person (it looks more periwinkle on their website) but I couldn’t love it any more! Clearly I splurged on the lighting throughout our kitchen but it was worth it to me to save in other places (using furniture pieces we already owned, choosing mid-range appliances, opting for non-custom cabinetry, etc.) and have a wow factor on the pieces you see right when you walk in the room.

BREAKFAST NOOK TABLE: This is the Crate & Barrel dining table we had in the dining room of our previous rental and the dimensions were perfect for reusing in this space. It could probably use a fresh coat of paint at some point after moving with us between four homes but otherwise it’s just right! We have the leaf in to make it an oval shape but it can also be used as a round table without the leaf like we did when we lived in Dallas.

CANE DINING CHAIRS: These are the CB2 Tayabas chairs with cushions I had reupholstered in a bright blue linen. This exact style seems to be sold out at the moment but you can find nearly identical cane dining chairs here, here, here, here, here, and here.

CUSTOM BENCH CUSHION: I ordered a custom bench cushion in Sunbrella fabric from this Etsy shop and highly recommend them! However I would highly advise against a white cushion in your kitchen. So far we haven’t had any issues with food spills, but I should have realized that this would be a popular perch for our dog Rory, who is not known for keeping upholstery as bright white as I’d like. 🙁

THROW PILLOWS: I really wanted to have fun with color in this little nook! The blue velvet pillows can be found here, the green trellis pillows here, and the blue and white printed pillow here.

ralph lauren large hanging windsor shade and serena & lily riviera counter stools in design darling kitchen

Happy to answer any other questions in the comments if you’re planning your own kitchen reno! Thanks for reading!

P.S. See our powder room reveal here!

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  1. Beautiful kitchen. We are renovating our kitchen and hope it can look half as nice as yours. Are you still happy with your Bosch appliances? What about the cooktop specifically? We are looking at getting similar Bosch appliances. Do you wish you had gotten something different?

    1. Love the stovetop, dishwasher, and fridge — only complaint is with the up and down buttons on the oven (to adjust temperature and timer) — if you hold too long the numbers jump up too quickly in like increments of 10 minutes and if you just tap one at a time you’ll be sitting there all day — not sure if that’s changed on newer models but maybe something you could try out in person before committing? Otherwise no complaints!

  2. Your kitchen (and just your style in general!) is absolutely stunning!! I love love your island pendants and I’m thinking of doing something similar – but have been told not to do silk/fabric shades for kitchen island pendants. What is your experience with fabric lighting in the kitchen? Thank you!!

  3. Your home is simply stunning, and this space is just SO well done! We are in the process of rethinking how we use our spaces in our current home, and I wondered if you have a formal dining space? I ask because I adore your breakfast nook (and it looks like it’ll seat several people between the window bench and fabulous chairs) and wasn’t sure if you planned on using that amazing space for all dining or if you had another spot as well? My husband is in the separate formal dining room camp, but I’m trying to get a little more creative as I keep eyeing my current dining room as a library/sitting space 😉 Since I adore your style, any and all input is much appreciated!

    1. We do have a formal dining room and it currently houses a table, a credenza, and precisely zero dining chairs haha. I probably would have prioritized decorating it if we’d been able to host a full Christmas this past year but now it’ll be a project for another year! For us it’s a space we’re really only likely to use at the holidays so I totally understand wanting to rethink how you use that space in your home!

  4. Hello!

    Beautiful kitchen! I’m considering these countertops and wondering if you’re happy with them? Also- do you think they pull white or grey?

    Thank you so much

    1. Yes, very happy with them! They are definitely more cool than warm — highly recommend checking out a slab in person if you can before you commit just to make sure they’re right for your space!

  5. Stunning kitchen! How tall are your upper cabinets and how tall is the molding that got you to a 10′ ceiling?
    They look really well proportioned.

  6. It’s all absolutely gorgeous. I love the design and all your choices. To the right of the sink and under the two drawers, there are two cupboards one with a knob and one with a pull handle but it looks like they open the same way. Does one pull out perhaps a trash receptacle and the one with the knob opens out as a cupboard or why are they different handles? Just curious!

  7. Looks beautiful!Where did you get the glass sconce?? Not sure that is what is it called on your nook table? Thanks!

  8. It looks so great! We have the same sink and also love it. We use barkeepers friend to keep it clean / protected, and that has worked great as well!

  9. Your kitchen looks amazing! Everything you picked ties together so well. It’s such a bright, happy space that’s super functional at the same time. I’m still in a city-sized 1BR with a kitchen that is definitely not comfortable for two people to be in at once, so your new kitchen is serious goals. Haha

  10. Those Ralph Lauren pendants are STUNNING.
    I am also planning a kitchen reno (in a smaller space) in the next 6-12 months and have been going back and forth on the double oven. I am glad to hear that you’ve been happy with the quartz as I am planning for quartz as well. I have friends and family with marble and while it looks beautiful, they get stressed every time someone squeezes a lime because it can stain. Congratulations on such a beautiful, functional room. It’s been fun to go along for the ride through your reno. I also love the powder room, especially that wallpaper.

  11. Oh my goodness this turned out like a dream! I am excited for you when entertaining will be a thing again because this kitchen looks perfect for a holiday 🙂 It looks amazing!


  12. Absolutely divine! Love the brightness of the space and I adore that lighting fixture in the breakfast nook. Do you have plans for any sort of window treatments in the windows above the oven or breakfast nook? Or would you rather keep it clean and crisp?

  13. Gorgeous and classic! Love the materials and finishes you chose and the flexibility they will give you over the years. And lighting is always worth the splurge in my book! What’s the one thing you were on the fence about that you are ultimately happy you went for? Planning a reno next year and would love advice!

    1. Great question! I wasn’t convinced we needed a double oven and it’s already come in handy enough times to totally justify the expense and extra space. One thing I would do differently is putting a pocket door in our pantry — I insisted on a regular door that opened into the pantry and it made it so hard to access half our stuff that we took the door off the hinges and have it totally open. It’s not pictured here (read: not fully organized yet!) but that and the white bench cushion are little changes I would make if I could do it over!

      1. Thank you!! I hadn’t considered a double oven but can see the utility. Already made a similar mistake with a closet door in our house. Really wish we had gone pocket!